Stephen Clibborn

Stephen Clibborn
The University of Sydney · Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies

PhD

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This article examines the benefits and costs of Australia's labour migration policies. While previous economics studies have demonstrated the efficiency‐related benefits of these policies, this article analyses the consequences for worker voice and equity, which employment relations scholars have identified as important labour market policy goals....
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This introduction to the Journal of Industrial Relations’ 2020 Annual Review of Industrial Relations provides an overview of the six Annual Review articles, an international review and two practitioner reviews. The COVID-19 pandemic presented a crisis for the labour market, intensifying serious existing issues such as stagnant wage growth, the gend...
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Submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Education and Employment inquiry into the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020
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This discussion paper by a group of scholars across the fields of health, economics and labour relations argues that COVID-19 is an unprecedented humanitarian crisis from which there can be no return to the ‘old normal’. The pandemic’s disastrous worldwide health impacts have been exacerbated by, and have compounded, the unsustainability of economi...
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This article introduces the Journal of Industrial Relations’ Annual Review of Industrial Relations in 2019. It provides an overview of the six Annual Review articles, an international review and a practitioner review. Wage theft and other forms of employer non-compliance with minimum wage laws evolved into a major issue in 2019, with household bran...
Technical Report
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Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Temporary Migration Inquiry into the impact of temporary migration on the Australian economy, wages and jobs, social cohesion and workplace rights and conditions
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This article exposes how disparity in the immigration rules of different visas combines with poor enforcement of labour standards to produce a segmented labour market in the Australian horticulture industry. We argue that the precarious work norms of the horticulture industry result in a ‘demand’ on the part of employers for harvest workers to perf...
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Submission to Senate Economic References Committee's inquiry into unlawful underpayment of employees' remuneration
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This article presents an historical and comparative analysis of the bargaining power and agency conferred upon migrant workers in Australia under distinct policy regimes. Through an assessment of four criteria – residency status, mobility, skill thresholds and institutional protections – we find that migrant workers arriving in Australia in the per...
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The decision by the three multinational automotive manufacturers—Ford, General Motors and Toyota—to cease production in Australia followed a long period of decline in the local industry. This paper examines the factors potentially contributing to these decisions including reductions in government assistance to the industry, the volatility in exchan...
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Submission to the Attorney-General’s Department in response to the September 2019 Discussion Paper titled: Improving protections of employees’ wages and entitlements: strengthening penalties for non-compliance
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This article introduces the Journal of Industrial Relations' Annual Review of Industrial Relations in 2018. Providing an overview of the other articles contained in the Annual Review issue, this article discusses industrial relations policy stagnation, and manoeuvring for change from both employer and employee representatives. With leadership uncer...
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The marginalisation of migrants at work, especially those in industries and occupations characterised by low wages and low-skilled jobs, is a critical issue for scholarship, policy and practice. While the bulk of migration-related research and theory comes from other disciplines, the insights of employment relations perspectives are particularly va...
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How can civil society actors address regulatory deficiencies in complex systems? The challenge of regulating employment standards in non-unionised industries is shared by many developed countries. In industries like horticulture, violation of minimum employment standards for vulnerable temporary migrant workers is widespread and state employment re...
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This article advances research on why international students, who comprise a growing segment of the workforce in many countries, are underpaid. By revisiting Piore’s dual frames of reference theory, the article builds an important knowledge base around migrant workers’ tolerance of low pay. The research uses mixed methods incorporating a survey of...
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Wage theft has emerged as a major problem for regulation of work in Australia. Yet, the state has done little to address the issue. In this context, this article considers why there has been recent growth in reported cases of underpayment of wages, particularly of temporary migrant workers, and why the state has failed to implement a strategy to ad...
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Since the 1970s, Australia has officially adopted a skilled immigration policy rather than a labor immigration policy. That is, the main permanent and temporary work visa categories have focused almost exclusively on selecting migrant workers qualified to work in high-skilled occupations, making it very difficult for lower skilled migrant workers t...
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Much progress has been made recognising the importance of power and politics in organisational processes but legal regulatory institutional constraints on actors remain overemphasised in the extant literature. This article provides unique insight into organisational processes during the global economic crisis. The glare of crisis illuminates the ne...
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The decision by the three multinational automotive manufacturers – Ford, General Motors and Toyota – to cease production in Australia followed a long period of decline in the local industry. This paper examines the factors potentially contributing to these decisions including reductions in government assistance to the industry, the volatility in ex...
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https://www.lowyinstitute.org/publications/economic-migration-and-australia-21st-century This Analysis assesses the benefits and challenges of contemporary economic immigration in Australia. While the policy arrangements underpinning economic immigration have undergone significant changes in recent decades, Australian governments have managed this...
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There exists a gap at the intersection of Australia’s immigration and employment laws that has serious implications for employees, employers and policy. Australia is host to a large and growing population of immigrants working without authorisation, described as the most significant problem facing Australian immigration authorities. These undocumen...
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In response to the global recession, many multinational companies (MNCs) in the auto industry adjusted labour levels in their plants around the world. This paper examines the responses of Ford, GM, and Bosch in relation to plants in their home countries and in their subsidiary companies in Australia. The case studies revealed the emergence of 'hybr...
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After years of steadily declining sales and profits, the global financial crisis sent the United States and Australian automotive manufacturing industries into crises of their own. Faced with dramatically reduced demand, the companies cut production and, consequently, their production workforces. Using qualitative data from case studies of the Ford...
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In recent decades, successive governments have reduced tariff protection and encouraged the Australian automotive industry to become more internationally competitive. The future of automotive manufacturing now rests largely on decisions made by the three remaining global parent companies: General Motors, Ford and Toyota. Despite extensive structura...

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